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feel

play
verb \ ˈfēl \

Definition of feel

felt play \ˈfelt\; feeling
transitive verb
1 a :to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality
  • She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.
b :to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)
  • He felt a sudden pain in his leg.
2 a :to undergo passive experience of
  • continually felt the resentment of his competitors
b :to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by
  • felt the insult deeply
3 :to ascertain by cautious trial usually used with out
  • feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements
4 a :to be aware of by instinct or inference
  • feel trouble brewing
b :believe, think
  • say what you really feel
intransitive verb
1 a :to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation
  • lost the ability to feel in his fingertips
b :to search for something by using the sense of touch
  • She felt in her purse for her keys.
2 a :to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition
  • I feel sick.
b :to have a marked sentiment or opinion
  • feels strongly about it
3 :seem
  • it feels like spring today
4 :to have sympathy or pity
  • I feel for you
feel like
:to have an inclination for
  • feel like a walk?

Examples of feel in a Sentence

  1. He felt a sudden pain in his leg.

  2. I could feel the warmth of the sun.

  3. I felt someone tap my shoulder.

  4. Do you feel a draft?

  5. She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.

  6. Your ribs are bruised, but I don't feel any broken bones.

Recent Examples of feel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of feel

Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; akin to Old High German fuolen to feel, Latin palpare to caress


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feel

noun

Definition of feel

2 :the sense of touch
3 a :the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch
b :typical or peculiar quality or atmosphere; also :an awareness of such a quality or atmosphere
4 :intuitive knowledge or ability

Examples of feel in a Sentence

  1. the feel of old leather

  2. Although the table is brand-new, it has the look and feel of an antique.

  3. He liked the feel of the sun on his face.

Recent Examples of feel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of feel

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feel Synonyms


FEEL Defined for English Language Learners

feel

play
verb

Definition of feel for English Language Learners

  • : to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)

  • : to touch (something) with your fingers to see what it is like

  • : to find (something) by touching with your fingers


feel

noun

Definition of feel for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it

  • : a particular quality

  • : an understanding of something


FEEL Defined for Kids

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feel

play
verb \ ˈfēl \

Definition of feel for Students

felt \ˈfelt\; feeling
1 :to be aware of through physical contact
  • feel cold
2 :to examine or search for by touching
  • The doctor felt for broken bones.
3 :to be conscious of
  • He felt a fear of the dark.
4 :to seem especially to the touch
  • This cloth feels like silk.
5 :to sense a physical, mental, or emotional state
  • felt sick
  • felt confused and angry
6 :to have sympathy
  • I feel for you.
7 :believe 4, think
  • Say what you feel.
feel like
:to have an urge or desire to
  • Do you feel like taking a walk?

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feel

noun

Definition of feel for Students

1 :sensation 2, feeling
  • He likes the feel of the sun on his skin.
2 :the quality of something as learned through or as if through touch
  • The sweater had a scratchy feel to it.

Medical Dictionary

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feel

play
verb \ ˈfē(ə)l \

medical Definition of feel

felt play \ˈfelt\; feeling
transitive verb
1 :to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality
  • felt the compress to see if it was wet
2 :to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)
intransitive verb
1 :to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation
2 :to search for something by using the sense of touch

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feel

noun

medical Definition of feel

1 :the sense of touch


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